Site Accessibility Statement
Wilfrid Laurier University Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
February 7, 2016
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Timelines and Process



Laurier began a website renewal process in late 2012, but the project got its official start in February 2014 when a new web-project team kicked-off the development process. Laurier’s web-project team consists of team members from ITS and CPAM. The website uses Hannon Hill’s Cascade Server as the content management system (CMS).

The first phase of the website redevelopment project – wlu.ca, a website for external audiences – launched in fall 2014. The second phase of the website, a site for current Laurier students, will be launched late summer 2016.

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wlu.ca Timeline


Nov. 1, 2012


Consultant mStoner Inc. to begin research.

Nov. 13-15, 2012


mStoner Inc. to visit Laurier to consult with representatives from specific faculties and departments, and to hold open sessions for members of the Laurier community. 

Nov. 13-30, 2012


Online forum available
to Laurier community to provide input at wlu.ca/webreview. 

By Dec. 31, 2012


mStoner Inc. to submit preliminary Phase 1 strategy report for review by Laurier's Web Review Steering Committee. 

By Jan. 31, 2013


mStoner Inc. to submit final Phase 1 strategy report to Laurier's Web Review Steering Committee.

Summer-fall 2013


Develop and issue Request for Proposals
(RFP) to identify a suitable content management system (CMS) and web-services firm to create the new Laurier website. Laurier selected Hannon Hill's Cascade Server as the CMS of choice, and mStoner to design the website.

Winter-spring 2014


Web-development firm selected and a strategy phase of the website redevelopment begins. Components of this phase include planning the site’s navigation, marketing and communications strategy, and governance structure.

Winter-summer 2014


The creative phase of the website redevelopment takes place. Components of the creative phase include designing web page concepts and prototypes, creating a suite of web page templates, auditing the current website’s content and developing new content.

Summer-fall 2014


The implementation phase takes place. Components of this phase include building and implementing the design of the new CMS using Cascade Server, creating and uploading content, and usability testing.

Fall 2014


The new wlu.ca website is launched.

2015


Maintenance on and development of wlu.ca continues.

*The above timelines are subject to change and may be revised as needed. Please check in from time to time for updates.